Sarah Sweatt Orsborn, the mother of twin three-year-old girls – one with Spina Bifida – has spoken out about how little Claire’s defect does not affect her humanity.
She writes (emphasis mine):
“I wish I could show…a picture of my beautiful Claire, with her loopy blonde curls and deep belly laugh. Spina Bifida is part of her, always has been, and always will be, but it is not all of her.
More than anything, I want Claire — and you — to know that disabilities like Spina Bifida are just another way of being a person in the world. Claire is whole and complete, just as she is. Her life is not tragic. She’s not fighting Spina Bifida because she’s not in a battle against the body she has always had. Every day is not a struggle. Every achievement is not a victory struck against Spina Bifida, and every setback is not a cause for pity. She’s just a little girl, learning to navigate the world in the only body she’s ever known, testing out the limits of her potential just like anyone else.”
The euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice, a severely disabled child who was not dying has made international waves with disability advocates especially outraged. Nancy’s mother had requested that her daughter be killed and was granted approval by the British legal system. While the 12-year-old Nancy had significant disabilities, she was able to breathe on her own and did not require life support.
Following the starving of Nancy through the withholding of fluids, the Autism Self Advocacy Network has released a statement slamming this decision, calling it “troubling” and “concerning”.
Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old who planned to end her life on November 1, has announced that she now plans to wait to see what happens. “It doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” she said in a new video.
Assisted suicide advocate organization Compassion and Choices released a second video (posted below) of Maynard yesterday, in which she discusses her latest decision regarding her death, and reveals that she does not feel this is the right time to die.
America’s abortion giant is growing a new tentacle in the nation’s abortion capital. With a new abortion mill in Queens, Planned Parenthood adds its fifth killing center in NYC alone. The New York Times reports that Planned Parenthood of New York City is constructing a $9 million facility that will gain easy access to a solid percentage of the clientele who are currently traveling to other boroughs to patronize Planned Parenthood.
Democrat Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer boldly acknowledged the borough’s agenda of offering abortion as the healthcare of poor women, telling the New York Times:
We know that we have a significant population in Queens that are uninsured or underinsured. And we need quality health care that is tailored to their needs.
A group of pro-woman activists in the UK is taking steps toward clarifying the 1967 Abortion Act’s prohibition of sex-selection abortion. Investigations reveal that gendercide has become a widespread practice in the UK, and pro-life advocates want to reiterate the current law so that this practice will end. Stop Gendercide, a group promoting the bill that will definitively ban gendercide among constituents in the UK, is hard at work raising awareness of the realities that have often gone unnoticed in their nation.
The Bill’s purpose is to clarify and reiterate the current Abortion Act’s provisions regarding gendercide, not to erect a superfluous ban on top of the legislation that already prohibits the practice. These protections have been contradicted by several large groups, making the subject ambiguous in the UK medical community. For example, both the British Medical Association and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service have outlined different reasons why they hold sex-selection abortion is actually permissible under the law (one claims that allowing sex-selection is permissible on mental health grounds, and another simply claims that it is not illegal to begin with).
Dale Partridge is famous for a whole host of skills, his social media prowess being one of the most well known. He’s appeared on the cover of business publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, INC Magazine, Mashable, MSN Money, Forbes and the Los Angeles Times. And, he’s about to come out with a new book called People Over Profit.
And indeed, it’s very apparent that Dale chooses people over profit. One of his seven companies – Sevenly – helps needy people in a unique way:
“Each week Sevenly partners with one qualified nonprofit, and Sevenly donate $7 from every product sold to support that charity’s cause. Since it’s launch in June 2011, Mashable, Los Angeles Times, and Forbes have named Sevenly one of the fastest growing social good start-ups in the country. In less than two years, Sevenly has given over $3 million in $7 donations to charities across the globe.”
On Monday, Dale chose people over profit in another significant way. He used his social media power to tweet about abortion, and he went even further by daring his 140,000 followers to do the same.
Until a few days ago, stalwart members of the Pro-Life Action League spent years on a so-called “pro-life bully” list at a website called Voice of Choice. The “bullies” include Anne Scheidler and Joe Scheidler, and the League’s Assistant Communications Director, Matt Yonke. Despite the title of the list, none of these pro-lifers ever actually bullied a pro-choice advocate (but who’s keeping track of annoying facts, anyway?).
One of the most obvious differences between the pro-life movement and the pro-abortion movement – besides the principles their names convey – is what has come to be known as the “intensity gap.”
The intensity gap is a term used to refer to the fact that one side is backed by a much greater and broader level of intensity from its subscribers. In plain terms: pro-lifers are way more gung-ho about supporting life than pro-choicers are about supporting abortion.
Surprisingly, the pro-choice movement has been candid in its acknowledgment of this fact.
Election Day is quickly closing in on us. There’s now just over a week before Americans will find out the results of many hotly contested races around the nation.
For pro-lifers, a number of these races are more than just hotly-contested: they’re a literal matter of life and death.
As pro-lifers, as Americans, and as concerned citizens, it’s both our duty and our privilege to vote pro-life in this election and in every election.
It’s simply not okay to stay home or to fail to register to vote.
In a horrific true story that illustrates how abortion hurts women, too, a French mother had both of her feet, her right forearm, and her left hand amputated after her abortion.
The woman, Priscilla Dray, suffered these injuries three years ago, in 2011. She has just gone public with her story as her efforts to sue the hospital that treated her have not yet succeeded.
Ms. Dray claims that the hospital did not administer antibiotics to her in time, thus allowing septicemia to rage unchecked in her body until portions of all four limbs had died, requiring amputation. The septicemia was caused by an infection from her abortion.
Ms. Dray was married and already the mother of children. She and her husband thought they did not need a fourth child, and so they agreed on abortion. Little did they know how drastically the abortion would change their lives forever.
Last week I came across the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer one year after her wedding. When doctors suggested that she might only have six months to live, she and her family moved from California to Oregon in order to obtain the prescriptions necessary for doctor-assisted euthanasia. She is devoting her last days to fundraising and lobbying for an organization dedicated to expanding the legality of assisted suicide to other States.
Brittany’s story really hit home, as I was diagnosed with a very similar incurable brain cancer in 2008 at the age of twenty-four. After years of terrible headaches and misdiagnosis, my Grade III brain cancer (Anaplastic Astrocytoma) proved to be inoperable due to its location. Most studies state that the median survival time for this type of cancer is eighteen months, even with aggressive radiation and chemotherapy.
I was beginning an exciting career as a naval officer with my entire life ahead of me. I had so many hopes and dreams, and in an instant they all seemed to be crushed. As Brittany said in her online video, “being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like you’re going to die tomorrow.”
The ethical problems with euthanasia have been detailed at Live Action News extensively. People with disabilities, people suffering from mental illness, people who were just lonely or old but otherwise healthy, even children — all can be euthanized in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. That’s not good enough for the assisted suicide lobby though, which continues to campaign for the right to kill increasingly more people, from the disabled to the poor.
This slippery slope is now headed for the United States, with cancer patient Brittany Maynard saying she will kill herself on November 1, and until then, is publicly campaigning for pro-suicide organization Compassion & Choices. This is the same group that advocates for people to “voluntary stop eating and drinking” (VSED), even if they aren’t terminally ill, but simply feel “done”.
Last Days Ministries publishes a pamphlet called “Abortion Clinics: An Inside Look” which has interviews with former clinic workers. The first clinic worker, whose name is not given, talks about how her clinic would try to get women to come in as soon as possible so they wouldn’t have time to reconsider:
When a girl called to make her appointment, we’d work her in as soon as possible. If she called on Tuesday, we’d have her in no later than Friday. We wanted to avoid a long waiting period where she’d have time to think about it.
The more time that passes between the initial call and the actual abortion procedure, the more time the woman has to think about her choice. In this window of time, she might be influenced by pro-life friends and family. She might decide to seek out more information on abortion’s risks and fetal development on the Internet. She might be exposed to information the clinic does not want her to know. In short, she might change her mind.
Dr. Magda Denes was a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who died in 1996. 20 years before her death, she wrote a book called In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death in an Abortion Hospital. Magda Denes was pro-choice for her entire life and talks in the book about why abortion should remain legal. However, when it was published, the New York Times reviewer called it ”a highly emotional anti-abortion tract.” Why?
It seems that Denes, who had had an abortion herself, was honest about what she witnessed in the clinic, instead of sugar coating the reality of abortion the way the New York Times (and other mainstream media) has always tended to do. She used plain, honest language to describe abortion procedures and the bodies of aborted babies.
Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born premature on October 17, 1995, a full 12 weeks ahead of their due date. As standard medical practice, doctors at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts placed the twins in separate incubators in order to reduce the risk of cross-infection. The stronger twin, Kyrie, began to gain weight and her condition improved, but her sister, Brielle, had trouble breathing. Brielle’s oxygen level was extremely low and she had difficulty gaining weight.
On November 12, Brielle’s condition dropped to critical. Her tiny arms and legs turned blue as she lay gasping for air. Her heart rate skyrocketed, and her family watched in tears as they prepared for the possibility that Brielle would not make it.
In late summer, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) sent a chilling letter to all private health care insurers in the state, ordering them to cover all elective abortions. Immediately. Naturally, many California churches insure their staff members under these policies.
According to an October complaint filed by Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of several California churches, “the insurers were instructed to…remove any limitations on health coverage for abortions.” The insurance companies could not, for any reason, deny coverage to a woman for her abortion.
As the complaint states, “DMHC ordered elective abortion coverage into these churches’ health insurance plans.”
The DMHC’s letter acknowledged a religious exception to the abortion coverage – but only for the insurance companies. Stunningly, the state of California is not recognizing the right of churches to be religiously and conscientiously exempt from funding abortions.
Due to California forbidding denial of coverage for any abortion at all, churches in California are now being told they must cover late-term abortions, abortions in which babies who feel pain are literally ripped apart limb by limb, early abortions in which babies are sucked, spine last, into a vacuum device, and abortions for every conceivable reason under the sun, performed at any stage of pregnancy that the state allows.
The cities of Birmingham and Huntsville, AL became a bit more dangerous again as two closed abortion facilities reopened. The state is large on abortion coverage, as it now houses five licensed abortion clinics. The state Department of Public Health, which licenses clinics, said Wednesday that both have received licenses and are operating again after complying with laws.
These re-openings are more than just businesses complying with laws; they are certain death for the unborn, allowing abortion access again in close proximity to most areas of the state.
Most notable of the openings is the Birmingham Planned Parenthood reopened in its original location after being shut down suddenly last January, leaving Birmingham abortion-free for most of 2014. The Associated Press reported:
“The Birmingham clinic closed in January after firing two employees for selling abortion medication to a person in the clinic parking lot. The clinic replaced its staff and made other changes, according to public records at the health department.”
A challenge to the pro-life movement
Wednesday, former Planned Parenthood director and pro-life activist Abby Johnson sent out a letter describing the retreat that her organization, And Then There Were None, recently held. Her letter is an eloquent plea to pro-lifers to support workers who are fleeing the abortion industry and suffering emotionally because of what they experienced.
She included some testimonies from the workers, including:
I can still hear the sound of babies’ skulls being crushed.
By its very existence, And Then There Were None gives a challenge to the pro-life movement – are we pro-life only for the babies, or are we pro-life for everyone – including those who have done things we find hard to understand?
In an effort to erase “abortion stigma,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards penned an introspective article detailing her personal abortion for Elle Magazine titled “Ending the Silence That Fuels Abortion Stigma.” At glance, Richards’ article addresses the issue that she says women who obtain abortions face: shame and judgement from culture.
To tear down the ironclad walls of stigma, Richards contends that there must be a concerted effort to dialogue about abortion and the right of women to choose “reproductive health care” without backlash or criticism from the public. This stigma, as Richards describes, is a sting she experienced firsthand through an abortion that she obtained years prior. Though she says it wasn’t a “difficult decision,” the Planned Parenthood president says it is high time that a discussion on the benefits of abortion be brought to the table.
Richards is correct in part: a strong stigma exists against women in the United States; however, her analysis of the culture errors ever so slightly. True, there is a deeply entrenched stigma in this country that has permeated the fabric of society, soaking through media, through the school system, and through virtually every aspect of culture. Sadly, it is one that is fundamental to all humanity: a stigma against the conviction to uphold the value of each human life. The greater issue today is not an “abortion stigma,” but a stigma on human rights — the integrity of an individual to value human life regardless of one’s age, size, gender, physical capabilities, or race — and to uphold their right to life above every other human right.
Kate Allatt suffered a stroke in 2013 when she was 39 years old. The mother of three (ages 11, 9, and 6) ran 70 miles a week and was actively involved in her children’s lives. After a few weeks of headaches, a doctor misdiagnosed her with migraine and sent her home with pain killers. Five hours later, the blood clot that had all the while been accumulating in her brain stem caused her to suffer a massive stroke. For the next ten days, Allatt was in a medically-induced coma, and the entire time she experienced a terrifying condition called Locked-In Syndrome.